PLEASE NOTE: The Steam Locomotive #15 repairs are underway. No date has yet been set to return the locomotive to service. Our Diesel Engine #6 will pull the train on excursions until such time as our Steam Engine is repaired.

Safety precautions and health guidelines are in place for the benefit of both crew members and our passengers. 

Chehalis Centralia Railroad

All Aboard

Become a Volunteer

Your help is what keeps us running, and there are all sorts of positions available skilled and non. Not sure where you can help, just ask!

Become a Volunteer

By becoming a volunteer you help the continued preservation and operation of the museum’s historic railroad equipment. In addition, volunteers are the backbone of our museum, providing the helping hands that go into maintaining and keeping up the collection and grounds as well as our many amazing events. Please consider joining today and becoming part of preserving nearly a century of railroad history in Western Washington!

Please fill out our volunteer form

Volunteer FAQ

There is no minimum number of hours required.

No, but we encourage you to have a voice by joining the organization. You will then be welcome to attend meetings and vote.

You must be 14+ yrs. to volunteer. All minors must have parental consent.

We have many volunteers who have favorite events, such as The Polar Express, Eggspress, or in the gift shop and greeting the Dinner Train guests. Other volunteers prefer brush clearing, rail-tie replacements or working on the rails & train cars.  These do not require long term commitments. We will happily work around your time constraints, and welcome you when you have the time and desire to help.

Check out our application

There are a number of ways you can help:

  • Crew
  • Railroad car and restoration
  • Visitor Experience
  • Events
  • historical preservation
  • Marketing
  • Revenue
  • Finance
  • Strategic planning
  • Maintenance
  • Historical preservation

Anyone can help, there are many positions that require no more skill than helping move items around, and these are some of the most important positions to us. Please give us a call or email us to learn more.

Keep the history ALIVE

It takes a team of staff and volunteers to restore and operate our classic steam engine and cars. We can’t grow without your help! Your contribution will help us go “full speed ahead” into growing the amazing historic experiences for our guest and community. 

Important Message:

Greetings to Railfans and Friends of the Chehalis Centralia Railroad & Museum,

Rail excursion operations are closed for the winter season. We are pleased to announce the full repair of the track damage sustained in the 2022 flood has been completed. Funds are currently being sought through FEMA and SBA to reimburse the expenses incurred. In the meantime, projects to improve our facilities and the safety of our train operations are underway. The renovation of the #15 Steam Locomotive has resumed, pending the acquisition of funds.

We do not yet have an opening date for 2023 excursions. Once that date has been determined, tickets will go on sale and future events will be announced on this website and our Facebook page.

— Chehalis Centralia Board of Directors